Jonathan Werran 16 March 2012

Electoral Commission warning over PCC mail-out plan

Millions of people without Internet access will be unable to access information on police and crime commissioner candidates (PCCs) due to a planned government block on publicly-funded mail-outs, the Electoral Commission has warned.

The Commission says up to seven million people in England (excluding London, where there will not be a PCC election) and Wales would be affected by the decision to rely on a central website as the main method of communication between candidates and voters.

Under current Home Office proposals, information about PCC candidates would be monitored and uploaded to a single site by police area returning officers, a shift heralding ‘a significant departure from mayoral and Parliamentary elections’.

Such a move would ‘disproportionately affect groups that have low levels of Internet access, such as the elderly and those who live in rural areas,’ the Electoral Commmission claims in a briefing paper.

The Commission argues that the 41 police force areas where elections will be held on 15 November comprise complex constituencies made up of multiple electoral areas, requiring candidates to canvass a much larger number of voters than other elected posts. Independent candidates lacking the support of a political party to back their campaign may struggle, it suggests.

The fact some elections for directly-elected mayors will be taking place on the same day is likely to cause further confusion, the Commission warns.

Subject to referendums taking place in 10 English cities on 3 May, mayoral candidates will be allowed to mail to voters booklets containing information provided by them under election procedures overseen by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Payroll Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £34805 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefits Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - Permanent

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Waste Manager

Isle of Wight Council
£42,923 to £46,402 per annum
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual County Hall, Newport / Agile
Recuriter: Isle of Wight Council

Engineer (Client Team)

Manchester City Council
£35,336 to £39,571 (Bar at £38,553) per annum 
The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Client Team Manager Manchester, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Manchester City Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.